This post is not about Huey Lewis and the News…
Saw this bumper sticker today:
A prime example of how the truth of God shows up everywhere. I don’t think Mr. Hendrix had any idea how rightly he was speaking. This statement is an incredibly simple restatement of the glory of the Gospel of Christ.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
The love of God is powerful, powerful enough to cause Him to sacrifice His only Son for the sake of sinners. Powerful enough for Jesus to endure our punishment even as we mocked and cursed Him.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
What we desire is power, wisdom, prestige, might, popularity, and success. We all love power, but God put our love of power to shame, by conquering the love of power by the power of His love. In His love He chose the weakness and foolishness of the cross to put our love of earthly power to death so that all we can do is look to the power of His love and say, “God did it! God did it! God did it!”
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
On the cross, God restored the shalom of the world, bringing peace to all creation. On the cross, sinners are saved, and evil, the love of power, is utterly defeated, and through Christ, peace between God and man is restored.
Through the cross, the power of the love of God has overcome the love of the power of the world, and the peace of God has been made known to all creation.